GingerScraps Fresh Baked and NEW Designer: June 14, 2024

Welcome to Friday! I hope you have had a enjoyable and productive week. We have an awesome designer announcement below!

Let’s look at the Fresh Baked goodies first.

Remember if you spend $10 in the store, you’ll get this great collab free.

We are excited to announce that Buzzbee Scraps will be joining the GingerScraps family permanently.

Are you getting those challenges done? Complete any two challenges and you will get this great kit as a reward.

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

One-Step Photo Editing with Blend Modes

[PDF link will go here when Ginger has time to convert.]

I stumbled over this brilliant concept and just had to play with it. Because of course I did. 😉 Photos make our memories tangible and are a significant contributor to preserving those memories. But let’s face it… the photos that tend to mean the most are the candid ones, the ones that happened on the fly, and that sometimes means they’re not as true to the snapshots we carry in our hearts as we’d like. Sometimes there really is a quick fix though!

This is a photo I found on Pixabay. It’s tack sharp but has an obvious colour cast and looks underexposed to me. I like the photo, but think it could be better. I could run a whole bunch of edits on it and spend a lot of time trying to make it fit the way I envision it. But… first I’ll run some Blend Modes on it, just to see. [Editor’s note: Blend Modes are the same in Photoshop, but have extra tweakability.]

Before we start experimenting, make a Copy of your photo layer. Why? So the original isn’t altered. Also, because of how Blend Modes work. More about that in a minute. Right-click on your photo layer and choose Duplicate Layer… from the options.

Then click OK. If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, CTRL/CMD>J will do both steps in one move.

We’ve talked about Blend Modes a LOT in previous tutorials. But we haven’t really talked about how they work. You may have noticed that they’re grouped in the drop-down menu found in that button bar at the top left of the Layers Panel. The first grouping is the NORMAL Modes. That means the layers don’t interact with each other when at full Opacity. Next is the Darken Modes; these DO allow the layers to interact with those underneath them, and produce different effects as you’ll see. The third grouping is the Lighten Modes. Self-explanatory, sort of. Following that is the Contrast Grouping, which is also essentially self-explanatory.  If you’re interested in learning more about the science of Blend Modes, check out this video from PiXimperfect. It’s about 42 minutes and is based on Photoshop so there are some differences, but it’s fascinating! Now, let’s play!

 

Click on the Blend Mode button bar and open up the dropdown menu. We’ll skip the Normal Modes and start right with Darken.

Just so we can remember what the original looks like before I change it… each Mode is named under the image.

Darken: It hides every pixel that is darker than the base brightness. The only change here is that the snow looks more gray to me.

Multiply: Only the purest black is unchanged.

Color Burn: Will change pure black and pure white,  darkens and adds colour. This effect is more evident if a solid Fill Layer is applied to above the photo. But this photo is just the photo. It’s a hot mess.

Linear Burn: Basically the same as Color Burn, but it does NOT keep pure white pure white.

Darker Color: You’ll probably never use this one – it’s not really any different than the Darker Mode. The others are more interesting.

Let’s get the original back up so you don’t have to scroll so much to see the changes.

Lighten: The polar opposite of Darken; the snow is a bit whiter, her skin tones are a bit more visible and there’s a hint of purple in her jacket.

Screen: Huge difference! It’s the opposite of Multiply, so it lightens the whole image. This is the easiest fix for underexposed but otherwise perfect photos there is. If it’s too bright, tone down the Opacity until you’re happy.

Color Dodge: Everything is brightened and a lot of the highlights are blown. But it’s an intriguing look.

Linear Dodge: More highlights are blown, the overall image is a bit brighter. More colour variation is noted.

Lighter Color: Again, you’ll probably never use this one because there’s not any obvious difference.

Back to the original before we move on to the Contrast Group, which will lighten lights and darken darks.

Overlay: Yep. Sure did increase the contrast.

Soft Light: This is similar to Overlay, but more gentle.

Hard Light: It sounds contradictory, but this one adds a faded contrast rather than harsh.

Vivid Light: The image looks sharper, with a harsher contrast again. It keeps the white white and the black black.

Linear Light: Lots of contrast but not a ton of detail…

Pin Light: This one is a combo of Lighten and Darken. They seem to cancel each other out.

Hard Mix: Hard is right! The contrast is almost eye-boggling!!

Individually, these Blend Modes are useful and interesting. But the real magic happens when they’re stacked. Check out this image:

I made 4 Copies, so 5 layers in all. The top layer is Screen at 100%. Second layer is Color Burn at 35%, Third layer is Linear Light at 70%. Fourth layer is Hard Mix at 10% and the bottom layer is the original.

Same four layers. But I changed the Linear Light to Linear Dodge at 50% and increased the Hard Mix to 20%. I could play with this photo for days!!

 

 

 

 

GingerScraps Fresh Baked : June 7, 2024

Happy Friday! We’ve got a something special for you today. It’s our Summer Dreamin’ Flash Sale. 55% off select products for 4 days only. Take a look below our Fresh Baked items to see a sampling of items in the sale.

Remember if you spend $10 in the store, you’ll get this great collab free.

Here are some of the new items in the store this week.

Are you ready to see a sampling of items that are in the sale?

How are your challenges going? Complete any 10 challenges to get this kit as a reward.

Tutorial Tuesday (Fonts)

Celebrating Grads and Dads Again

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Are y’all getting tired of font-based posts? Lately I’ve been looking at fonts from a bit of a different perspective, searching for those that would be suitable for cutting with my Cricut for cards. When I was making my Father’s Day cards this year, I ended up using an old standby, Lumberjack Regular – the very font I use to create the text on my tutorial screenshots. I think it worked fairly well, considering the text I cut was only about 1/2 an inch tall…

While I was browsing at dafont.com, I noticed a few [100% free, no-pennies!!] fonts that I could easily use to create titles for graduation and Father’s Day layouts too. I’m going to share some of them with you today. As with past font posts, each is linked directly to the download to make it easier for me to enable your font hoarding. Just click on the font name, in red.

I think this grungy font Nexa Rust Slab would work for both grads and dads. It might look fabulous with one of the gradient techniques we’ve played with recently.

College Boy has a varsity vibe and could be used for both titling and text.

Reach has several variations included in the download.

Stitch’n School has a letterman’s jacket look to it. I wish I could have put my letter on my varsity curling sweater.

Athletica already has a gradient applied!! I would probably find a way to make it metallic using Styles.

Now for the dads… Hot Winner Team might actually be suitable for both. I like the condensed form and the funky angle on the horizontal aspects of the letters.

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This one, Hand Shop Typography A20 is sort of similar, but still different enough. Be advised, the only numerals in the download are the 2 and the 0.

I like the vintage look to Rumble Brave. It’s a bit of a fairytale-hero font, don’t you think?

I love the texture I see with Inlander. It could be zhuzhed up with some Styles for a unique title. Chipboard or felt would be perfect.

Kingston Roman makes me think of gladiators. Who doesn’t love a good toga? 😉

Speaking of superheroes… Smallville actually included the curved title! You can find it by using the tilde [ ~ ] key.

Catastrophic Consequences is perfect for journaling. Clean, upright, legible – exactly what good journaling needs.

Here’s one for the gamer dads. Darks Skyrim has so much potential. I could see it with a shiny shades-of-blue gradient. Yeah!!

And one more journaling font, Philosopher. It’s a little fancier but still clean and clear.

I’ll confess, I’m really struggling with scrapping inspiration and even more with tutorial topics. After almost 350 tuts, it’s really hard to come up with fresh stuff. I may have to make some changes. Stay tuned.

 

GingerScraps: New FREE with Purchase Collab, New Monthly Mix, New Challenge Reward, New Designers & More!!

It is the 1st of the month and you know what that means; a huge, exciting newsletter! We have a New Buffet, New Monthly Mix, New Free With Purchase Collab, New Challenge Reward, a New Daily Download on the GingerScraps Blog, and exciting designer announcements!

Don’t forget to check out the Buffet Bundles. One easy click to add bundles of Buffet goodies to your cart.

I love the purples in this. Perfect colors for my birthday month.

Remember any $10 spent in the store gets you this great collab.

Embrace the charm of each new day with the Feel The Freshness Digital Scrapbooking Kit, created by the GingerBread Ladies! Featuring delightful peach and green color tones, this whimsical collection is perfect for capturing the beauty of fresh starts and everyday moments. Adorn your scrapbook pages with adorable elements and playful designs that bring a sense of joy and renewal. Whether you’re documenting a morning routine or a special occasion, Feel The Freshness adds a touch of enchantment to every memory. Start your creative journey and let your scrapbooks bloom with this delightful kit!

This Free With Purchase was created by Adrienne Skelton, Cutie Pie Scraps, Magical Scraps Galore, and ScrapChat Designs.

This collab includes: 1 Alpha {Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers & Punctuation}, 52 Papers, and 89 Elements.

Celebrate timeless romance with the Antique Love Digital Scrapbooking Collab by The GingerBread Ladies. Perfect for wedding photos, this elegant collection features everything you need to preserve your special day. Adorn your pages with exquisite wedding cakes, a charming cake topper, classic tuxedo, beautiful dresses, and an abundance of flowers. With its soft, romantic tones, Antique Love brings a touch of vintage elegance to every memory. Capture the essence of your love story and create stunning, heartfelt scrapbooks with this enchanting kit.

This Monthly Mix was created by ADB Designs, Alexis Design Studio, Karen Schulz, Tami Miller Designs, The Scrappy Kat, and Tinci Designs.

This kit includes: 7 Alphas {Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers & Punctuation}, 64 Papers, 114 Elements, and 4 12×12 Template {page, png, psd, tif file formats}.

Now to the June Daily Download Sneak Peek. This month’s Daily Download is from  Carol W Designs! Make sure you are checking the blog every day to get all the pieces of this kit!

We are happy to announce that Let Me Scrapbook is staying on permantly to become part of the GingerScraps family.

We have a new guest designer for June.

Angelle Designs

Bio:

Hi!!! I am Dasha aka Angelle, 41 yo, I live in a small town in the East of Russia. I am married and have 3 sons, 17, 11 and 6 yo. Sometimes they drive me really crazy, but they are all I wished for in this life) Love them to the moon and back and even more!

As for my designing career – I started designing back in 2010 and since then I’ve changed 4 or 5 stores, cause they had been closing, it’s so sad that all of them are gone now… But returning to Ginger Scraps makes me incredibly happy! I love this place so much and can’t wait to share my new creations with all of you!

Take a look at the new challenge reward kit. If you complete any 10 challenges this month, you get this gorgeous collab as a reward!

Take your memories to new heights with the Airplane Mode Collab by the GingerBread Ladies! This vibrant collection features an array of travel-themed elements, including playful airplanes, passports, and captivating word art. Perfect for documenting your adventures, this kit bursts with bright colors that will make your scrapbook pages soar. Whether you’re capturing a family vacation or your globetrotting escapades, Airplane Mode has everything you need to create stunning, high-flying designs. Elevate your scrapbooking experience and let your creativity take flight with Airplane Mode!

This Challenge Reward was created by Connie Prince, Heather Z Scraps, Key Lime Digi Design, Memory Mosaic, and Scraps N Pieces.

This kit includes: 9 Alphas {Uppercase, Lowercase, Numbers & Punctuation}, 58 Papers, 104 Elements.

Below are some beautiful sample layouts from our wonderful store creative team using the Buffet kits.

GingerScraps Fresh Baked : May 31, 2024

Hello everyone. I hope you had an enjoyable week. I can’t believe we are at the end of another month. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the June Buffet items.

Remember if you spend $10 in the store, you’ll get this great collab free.

Let’s take a look at some of the new items in the store this week.

Today is the last day to get the May challenges done and posted. Complete any 10 challenges and get this great kit as a reward.

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

Quick Trick: Gradient Titles

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Are you up for another way to use Gradients in your scrapbooking? Let’s apply one to some text to create a title. (I’m showing it on a photo, but it’ll be great as a layout title too. You could even create your own Gradient papers and alphas with this Trick!!) It’s a really quick way to elevate our layouts. Let’s use this photo.

Did you recognize the Joshua tree? Trajan Pro 3 is an Adobe font; I used it for its clean lines. It may be a system font on your computer. But any font you like will be perfect.

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned what happens when you Simplify a text layer. It basically converts the font to pixels, which then allows us to modify it however we want to – but it’s no longer editable. Here’s a tip: If you think there’s any risk of needing to edit that text, make a Copy of it and make it invisible, like I’ve done here.

This next step is absolutely essential. Click on the Lock Transparent Pixels button, show in the box, so that the Gradient is applied ONLY to the text.

I want to use colours from my photo for the Gradient, so using the Color Picker (Eyedropper), I first selected a spot in the sky for a bright blue. Then I held down the ALT/OPT key and clicked the Eyedropper on the darker shadow area of the photo just above the “U”. That way, I didn’t have to switch the target swatches, Elements did it for me.

This technique’s path is much shorter than the one in our last Gradient tutorial. Click on the Gradient Tool (looks like a… dark-to-light gradient across a sheet of paper) in the Control Panel. To keep this really basic, we’ll use the default settings for the Tool. But there’s a LOT that can be done down there in the Tool Options panel to create a truly unique effect.

To duplicate the photo’s palette, with blue above and tan below, I clicked my cursor above the text and dragged a straight, vertical line to below the text. The Gradient will go in the direction you drag your cursor; I tried upper-left-to-lower-right too, just to see what it looked like. You do you! 😉

To bring the text up out of the sand, I added a slight Drop Shadow and a bit of a Bevel. That’s all there is to it!

For this sample, I went to the invisible, unSimplified text layer and put it all one a single line. Then I followed the preceding steps again to get this effect.

With the identical Shadow and Bevel, this look is much more subtle. Hmm. Which way do I like it better?

Here’s one last look at options. This time I pulled the Gradient up from below, creating a mirror version. I can’t decide!!!!

See you all in June!

 

 

GingerScraps Fresh Baked : May 24, 2024

Welcome to another Friday! We’re almost at the end of May already and it’s a long weekend if you are in the US. Three-day weekends are always a bonus.

Remember if you spend $10 in the store, you’ll get this great collab free.

We’ve got some really cute kits in the store this week!

Have you grabbed the May Monthly Mix? Only a few more days at this great price.

How are those challenges going? Complete any 10 challenges and you will get this great kit as a reward!

Tutorial Tuesday (Individual Style)

Challenge Spotlight: iNSD Mini Kit Challenge

Yep, I know. May is 2/3 over already. It seems Spring is a little behind for us this year; it’s quite cool and damp – I can’t complain about rain though, given the extreme drought we’re stuck in here. But I digress. This month I’m taking us on a bit of a different path for the Challenge Spotlight. Rather than going with one of the usual monthly Challenges, I chose the iNSD Mini Kit Challenge, hosted by CarolW. This was part of the week-long (inter)National Scrapbook Day celebration and it was VERY well-received. The kit Carol provided for the Challenge is beautiful! [editor’s note: There’s an entire BUNDLE that matches the mini in Carol‘s store…] The mini was so well-received, in fact, that I had to stop snagging images from the Gallery when I hit 20. Can’t lose the audience, you know! The layouts appear in the order they were posted to the Challenge thread.

As always, I’ll be linking each of the layouts to the Gallery so you can get a closer look at them and leave some comments, should you wish. Just click on the Scrapper’s user name and you’ll be zoomed right to her layout. Now let’s look at how each Scrapper has used the exactly same mini kit to create a very individual layout…

First up is this clean-and-simple layout from deej. She’s kept her focus on the photo with her minimalist use of papers and embellishments.

Katherine Woodin‘s a scrappin’ machine. She participates in EVERYTHING while also documenting all the moments of her life. She’s augmented the mini with bits and pieces from the full kit to create her layout. By blending her desaturated photos into the background paper, she was able to use photos that might not coordinate colour-wise with the kit while reflecting the theme. I like the precision of her perfectly-spaced button border.

LovelyMissKait makes her first Challenge Spotlight appearance with this beaut! [Welcome!!] The design of her cluster is perfection. The shadows on those papers… the paper looks like it’s lifting a bit in spots. Very effective.

For her layout, greenfiend27 blended some of the papers, threw some paint splashes on, then clustered the elements to draw the eye to her images. That star bokeh adds an almost mystical look. The quote is the perfect addition.

The yellow patterned paper is surely a hit! Here, aquaris has used the wire heart as a frame, anchored by her floral cluster. [Should I tell her I see hummingbirds out my living room window all the time?]

Ah! The grungy, gesso-smeared paper takes its first starring role! The photo of the crocus was a brilliant choice, andastra; it coordinates with the kit’s colour palette beautifully.

There it is again! But this layout looks very different – individual style, amirite? That tumble of paper rounds created by pagefrocks provides movement anc keeps the eye traveling across the page.

And we’re back to the yellow patterned paper again. But that’s the only similarity to the other yellow layouts. KarenDiamond has chosen a photo that coordinates perfectly, then blended it over a paper frame. Her use of brushes and word art to draw the eye while remaining true to the theme is quite skillful.

I see mum23ms has used elements from the full kit for her white space layout. Can you pick them out?

What an artsy look dhariana has given her layout. That grungy paper is the perfect background for this style. She’s made expert use of white space and created a strong horizontal aspect with the arrangement of her elements.

This just screams JOY at me! LidiaG has designed a gorgeous cluster to anchor her photo, and is the first to use the most neutral of the papers for her background. On (much) closer inspection I see she’s also used a mask to blend in the striped paper with a very subtle touch. Love it!

It’s so interesting that two Scrappers can use identical backgrounds and yet have such unique looks. I can see where trinanne got her inspiration – the carriage flair! So far she’s the only one whose extracted the hummingbird from the ephemera.

Cool!! Look at how the way jenasz used the star bokeh sparks her photo! It adds such a magical touch – almost like fireflies. The other unique touch is how she’s twined the vine all the way around the photo, like a frame.

Ooh, where do I start with this? The splotchy ink is gorgeous, the masked photo is perfect and to be honest, it’s really hard to tell where the photo ends and the elements pick up. This is a masterpiece, biche77!

I adore how bagheertje has blended her papers for the background. It looks easy, but getting it right isn’t! She too has extracted the hummingbird and used the loop of twine as a frame, but brings her own style to that beautiful central cluster.

There’s the star overlay again, but with a completely different look. Pippin‘s spray of flowers draws the eye to her photo beautifully blended into the ink splotch. See how the hummie ephemera almost seems like an extension of the ink?

I think this is the first layout to make prominent use of the raffia twine loops. I very much like the font demma_b13 chose for her title – it has an old-world feel, evoking thoughts of European colonization in the late 15th century. The yellow flowers bring a sunny warmth.

How clever is wvufan04? Using the ink splash as the background for some word art in a font very similar to the one on her male subject’s t-shirt… so smart! I like the tiny pops of pink too.

I like how jirsev has amped the ink splashes against that grungy paper. Her layout pops right off my screen.

Our last peep is muted and filled with luscious white space. AJsRandom opted to emphasize the yellow end of the colour palette for her layout and kept her cluster very simple. Lovely!

If you participated in this Challenge and your layout isn’t shown above, I apologize for the omission. It doesn’t mean your layout isn’t stunning and deserving, it means I ran outta gas! I’m functioning on very little sleep ATM and just couldn’t go beyond 20 today. I feel like my brain is melting… But I’ll pull it together and come up with a Quick Trick for next Tuesday!

GingerScraps $1.50 Bake Sale & Fresh Baked : May 17, 2024

Happy Friday Scrappers!! How are you all doing? We have been enjoying some beautiful spring weather lately! Today we had a big family water balloon fight, it was so much fun! I took so many photos, I can’t wait to scrap them. I hope you are making some great memories too!

We have some amazing Fresh Baked goodies for you today and the $1.50 Bake Sale is NOW OPEN too! Click the banner below to be taken directly to the $1.50 Bake Sale :

Now here is a look at the New Release products this week:

Remember if you spend $10 in the store, you’ll get this great collab free.

Have you gotten a good start on your challenges? Complete any 10 challenges and get this great reward.